Food and Drink Wales Newsletter - March 2020

March 2020 • Issue 014



Covid-19: Support for businesses

Covid-19: Support for businesses
Andy Richardson

Food and Drink Wales Industry Board - Chair's Update March 2020

This latest update and newsletter finds us in unprecedented times. The Covid-19 crisis is having a fast-moving, global effect on our lives and we recognise the immediate and profound impact it is having on food and drink businesses in Wales.

Business Support

New £500 million Economic Resilience Fund launched for Wales

The Economic Resilience Fund aims to plug the gaps in the support schemes already announced by the UK Government, including the Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, which will guarantee 80% of people’s wages and income.

Food Innovation Wales

Food Innovation Wales helpline

In this time of increased stress on the food supply chain, Food Innovation Wales has opened a helpline in each of its geographical areas. For food safety, technical or supply chain continuity (e.g. raw material suppliers), please contact the numbers in the link above.

FDW Cluster

Special Business Readiness Bulletin – Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for businesses and employers

This is a special edition of the business readiness bulletin for trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries providing important information for you and your business members and networks on Coronavirus (COVID-19). 


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)


Food Standard Agency
Dept for Transport

Department for Transport have announced a further relaxation to drivers hours - for all sectors carrying goods by road valid from Monday 23rd March to Tuesday April 21st. 

More guidance here

File acccounts
Market traders

Markets’ Association calls for urgent and detailed help from the Chancellor

The body that represents markets across the UK is calling for urgent and detailed action from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pembrokeshire County Council

Support your local businesses

Pembrokeshire County Council is urging the public to support local businesses during the current coronavirus outbreak.

Salt reduction

Draft Proposals: 2023 salt reduction targets


Blas Cymru / Taste Wales 2021

Blas Cymru / Taste Wales 2021

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